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CURRENT EVENT | JANUARY 6, 2022

Robots That Reproduce

Scientists have made robots that can reproduce. These robots, called xenobots, are made from frog cells and designed with artificial intelligence. The xenobots are programmed to behave in certain ways, have different shapes that affect how they function, and store and replicate complete copies of themselves. The xenobots allow scientists to study self-replication, which might help solve self-replicating problems like COVID-19. Listen to hear more about xenobots and the history of robots.

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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